The Samstag Legacy, 2016

Publications have long been an integral part of the Samstag Museum of Art's programs and many of its exhibitions are accompanied by a catalogue, and/or publications that support the Museum's educational programs.



A series of Samstag Museum of Art exhibition catalogues are available as a free download.


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The Samstag Legacy: An Artist's Bequest

The American artist Gordon Samstag famously made of the great cultural bequests benefitting the arts in this country, enabling Australian visual artists to develop their skills and abilities internationally – through the Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Art Scholarships.

This groundbreaking book charts the lives and careers of Anne and Gordon Samstag, and their sixteen years of living and working in Australia and eventual return to America.

Who were the enigmatic Samstags? Intensely private, each boasting rich ancestral family trees, philanthropy was in their blood. This is their story.

"At last, the world will know about the well-connected Samstags!"  Daniel Thomas, Art Monthly Australasia


Artlink: The Samstag Legacy: An Artist's Bequest

Art Guide: The Samstag Legacy: An Artist's Bequest

The Adelaide Review: Meet the Samstags

The Conversation: The Samstags: the untold story of the couple that changed Australian art

2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards Bronze Medalist:
Best Regional non-fiction 

Proudly published by the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art for the University of South Australia’s 25th birthday celebrations and the 25th anniversary of the Samstag Scholarships.

Editor: Ross Wolfe
Essays by: Lea Rosson DeLong and Ross Wolfe
392pp, hardback, richly illustrated with over 190 images
RRP $50 incl. GST (+ $15 postage within Australia)

READ: Media Release



In 2016, Samstag Museum of Art celebrated both the University of South Australia's 25th birthday and the 25th anniversary of the Samstag Scholarships. 


To mark this special occasion we are delighted to offer a range of limited edition art collectibles.